first_imgIt was released by the provincial government late last week with Health Minister Terry Lake offering its key finding.“After careful review and analysis, the study found the risk to human health from the emissions from oil and gas activities in the northeast remain low,” said Minister Lake during the release.The two year study looked at the maximum predicted levels of a variety of chemicals from oil and gas activity in a total of 26 northeast communities, and the province has accepted each of its 14 recommendations.- Advertisement -“In general, B.C.’s regulatory framework is broadly protective of health and it’s extensive,” project leader Bart Koppe explains of its findings. “And when we compared the B.C. regulations against regulations in other jurisdictions, the B.C. regulations held up very well.”Two of the recommendations relate to fracking, with one going to a base line pre-drilling ground water testing requirement – coupled with advance landowner approval – and the other to disclosure of the ingredients of fracking fluids – with the information to be shared with healthcare providers.Mr. Koppe addressed all 14 recommendations including two others relating to setbacks and flaring.Advertisement “Recommendation number two relates to the setting of a reciprocal agreement framework. So the idea is that the oil and gas industry, or infrastructure, may have to adhere to setbacks, and that’s not necessarily reciprocated by all of the municipalities,” says Koppe. “The third recommendation refers to emissions related to flaring, venting, and fugitive emissions. When we reviewed the regulatory framework, we noticed that the language wasn’t always clear as it related to this.”Koope adds, “And we wanted that language or those types of activities linked back to the B.C. Ambient Air Quality objectives to get some assurance, as a result of these activities, there wouldn’t be any exceedance of the ambient air quality.”Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations isn’t impressed – calling the report embarrassing, and claiming the investigation was too narrow and designed to support industry.last_img

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